The Community Chest Bree Street Takeover takes place annually on Mandela Day, commemorating and celebrating South Africa’s greatest icon. 

Dozens of shop owners, volunteers and members of the public are invited to line Bree Street to create a chain of donated blankets. On the signal from the Noon Gun, they count down 67 seconds together, in a cheerful, unified tribute to Nelson Mandela and his legacy of giving. 

The 2014 Bree Street Takeover saw nearly R20 000’s worth of food stuffs, blankets, clothing, toys and hygiene products collected for Community Chest-affiliated charities.